Please refer to the CaRMS website for provincial eligibility information CaRMS Ontario Provincial Criteria. It is important to review the requirements carefully.
Regarding the application and interview process:
For CaRMS 2022 (this cycle) Family Medicine Programs have adopted the Family Medicine Structured Reference Letter (SRL). Any FM program requesting a reference will require the SRL. Traditional narrative letters will NOT be accepted. Should your referee submit a traditional letter it will not be reviewed and your application may be deemed incomplete. Please direct your referees to the SRL on the CaRMS website.
FMProC- New requirement for 2022
The McMaster University Family Medicine Program is very excited to be one of 6 participating Family Medicine Residency Programs to use the FM-ProC (Family Medicine Professional Choices), which is a Family Medicine context-specific Situational Judgement Test. You will be required to write this Situational Judgement Test for your application to be deemed complete. More details and information about FMProC can be found here.
To register for FMProC please visit https://fmproc.com as of December 13th, 12:00pm noon EST.
Regarding the program:
To learn more about the program, upcoming informational events and the McMaster PGME community please visit: https://pgme.mcmaster.ca/carms_r1_match_program_information/
Program application language: English
You will need to register and complete FM-ProC during the test-window in January. FMProC Registration will open at 12:00pm noon (ET) on December 13th, 2021. To register for FMProC please visit https://fmproc.com.
For more information about FMProC, click here.
Proof of valid current citizenship or permanent resident status must be provided by submitting one of the following verifications to CaRMS by the File Review Opening deadline. Failure to provide valid proof will result in your application being removed. No other forms of verification are acceptable:
Three Family Medicine Structured Reference Letters (SRL) are to be sent to the Program through CaRMS. The three letters should be from health care professionals who can speak to the clinical and professional capabilities of the applicant, and suitability for Family Medicine. Please use the same three SRLs for all sites to which you apply.
Our program is enriched by a diverse resident body, bringing a range of experiences and backgrounds. We invite you to share the unique contributions you would offer.
Please answer the following questions, with a numbered paragraph of up to 250 words for each. Please assign the same personal reflection to all McMaster FM sites to which you are applying.
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Medical school transcripts that are sent directly from the applicant's university to CaRMS do not need to be notarized/certified. Medical school transcripts submitted by the applicant do not need to be notarized/certified; however, documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.Family Medicine rural addendum/questionnaire
If applying to a Rural Program, you MUST complete a Rural Addendum. Only one rural addendum is required regardless of the number of rural sites to which you apply. The rural addendum document (maximum of 500 words and in paragraph format) must answer each of the following questions:
Rural addendums are scored separately and failure to submit will have a negative impact on your overall rural file review score.Family Medicine Professional Choices Assessment
When you receive your FMProC result letter, even though this will be after the CaRMS Document upload deadline, please remember to upload this document into your CaRMS account to ensure your application package is complete.
Please note: Required if Medical school has been completed.
Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 31, 2022
Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened on January 31, 2022
Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 31, 2022
Should you wish to add a new stream/site to your rank list, please update your CaRMS application online no later than 11:59 pm EST on Monday, February 28th, 2022. Any additions submitted after this time will not be considered for ranking.
The McMaster Family Medicine residency program has 6 urban and 6 rural sites, each listed as a distinct program on CaRMS. Applicants should assign the same set of documents to each site to which they apply. Rural applicants should also assign the rural addendum to each rural site.
Selection is based on a centralized file review and interview process, as outlined below. This same process applies whether you apply to a single site or multiple. You may add additional sites to your McMaster FM application at any time, up to the last day of McMaster FM interviews. This will not influence the selection process.
The file review score determines those candidates who are offered an interview. The file review score is then equally weighted with the interview score to generate a total score for each applicant. This establishes the recommended rank list which is shared across all sites. Individual sites have the discretion to adjust the recommended rank list based on local selection committee factors, which may include community needs and programmatic variations.
Informed by the Department’s mission of service, teaching and discovery, the primary goals of the McMaster University Family Medicine Residency Training Program are to:
This will be evidenced by the following program outcomes:
Our Department’s Core Values of Respect, Honour, Creativity and Generosity describe a commitment to the culture experienced by all staff, learners and faculty.
Family physicians, working together, provide a system of front-line health care that is accessible, high-quality, comprehensive and continuous. Given that this is achieved through relational continuity and a commitment to a broad scope of practice, our program welcomes and encourages a diversity of elective experiences during undergraduate training that are FM relevant or generalist experiences; on-site electives not expected.
To support our residents’ development of a variety of FM skills and clinical practice styles that meet the needs of diverse Ontario communities, including rural and underserved populations, our program seeks residents who:
To support our residents’ development of scholarship as teachers, researchers and leaders, our program seeks residents who demonstrate:
Successful applicants will embody and contribute to our core DFM values of:
Respect, Honour, Creativity and Generosity.
Review team composition : Our file review team consists of the Program Director, Site Directors and other family medicine faculty who are, or have been, Primary Preceptors in our program. All have a strong understanding of the program and participate in mandatory file review training.
Files are sorted by school, then randomly assigned to reviewers, with approximately 12 files assigned per reviewer.
File review follows a structured rubric with each file reviewed by two separate reviewers to ensure rater and scoring reliability. In the case of discordance, a third reviewer will be used.
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 601 +
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 51 - 75 %
We offer interviews to ~600 residents each year, which represents ~70% of the applicants to our program.
|CV||Significant achievements, FM relevant activities, employment|
|Electives||Range of FM relevant or generalist experiences; on-site electives not expected|
|Extra-curricular||Community volunteerism, advocacy, teaching, mentorship, teamwork, work-life balance|
|Leadership skills||Roles in student government, university committees, clubs, community organizations, etc|
|MSPRs||Academic and clinical performance, professionalism, other contributions|
|Personal letters||Self-reflection, unique contributions, understanding of FM and McMaster’s program/regions|
|Reference documents||Clinical performance, communication, professionalism, fit with FM|
|Research/Publications||Evidence of scholarship, emphasis on transferable skill set to FM|
|Transcripts||Academic and clinical performance, professionalism|
|Other file component(s)||
Rural addendum: Demonstrated interest and experience in rural settings
Situational Judgement Test (SJT)
Interview format :
We routinely accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants.
|Collaboration skills||Appreciation for team, and individual role within it|
|Collegiality||Warmth, authenticity, compassion|
|Communication skills||Clarity of communication, ability to build rapport|
|Health advocacy||Demonstrated understanding of the importance of health advocacy in FM|
|Interest in the discipline||Convincing interest in, and understanding of, Family Medicine|
|Interest in the program||Familiarity with program/sites|
|Leadership skills||Demonstrated capacity for leadership|
|Professionalism||Respectful interactions, language, attire|
|Scholarly activities||We do not evaluate this interview component|
|Other interview component(s)||Resiliency, demonstrated ability to learn and reflect|
This residency program is for 2 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
The McMaster Family Medicine Residency Program is designed to provide flexible postgraduate training to meet the individual needs of each resident, recognizing the varying patterns of practice in different family practice settings.
The Family Medicine program is dedicated to the development of competent family physicians providing comprehensive, continuous care. We are actively working towards a curriculum that is centred in Family Medicine optimizing the strengths and opportunities of each of our program sites.
In your first year, you will complete the following rotations:
In your second year, you will complete the following rotations:
There is a spectrum of "horizontal integration" to "traditional block rotation" at each site.
Each resident has a home base that serves as a foundation for their entire residency. Within this unit/practice, residents are assigned a family physician supervisor who functions as their primary clinical teacher and advisor throughout the two-year program.
Applicants are encouraged to consider the importance of obsetrical and emergency care provision in rural settings as they plan their rural residency and future careers. Inpatient care is a daily part of a rural medicine life and this will be reflected in your residency training. The Rural Stream program will do everything possible to ensure excellent training for residents committed to comprehensive care provision.
Residents are urged to consider living in the community to which they match for the best experience of rural medicine and lifeystyle. It is a program requirement that residents live in this community for the blocks of their family medicine rotations for each of the two years.
The McMaster Rural Stream Sites work collaboratively with both the McMaster's Community and Rural Education Program (MacCare) and the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP).
The program is designed to prepare residents for rural practice by providing a combination of core and elective postgraduate training to meet the individual needs of each resident with a recognition of the varying patterns of practice in different rural family practice settings. Residency training is structured around core educational objectives with emphasis placed firmly on organized self-learning with appropriate faculty assistance for guidance and supervision. Sites within the program are of varying size with varying local resources. This provides residents with the ability to choose a site and develop appropriate skills for the type of community for which they wish to provide care in the future.
Residents are strongly encouraged to utilize their two-block rural rotation in their second year to experience remote medicine.
Regardless of the site, all residents participate in a common curriculum that includes:
For additional information on our academic programming, please go to https://apply.fammedmcmaster.ca/prospective-residents/our-program/academic-programming/.
Fergus residents join the Kitchener Waterloo residents for academic sessions at Centre For Family Medicine in Kitchener.
For more information on the Fergus Site, please go to https://apply.fammedmcmaster.ca/prospective-residents/teachingsites/fergus/.
Please visit our website at www.fammedmcmaster.ca for more information on our sites and program updates.
Our residents are happy to hear from you. If you would like to speak with one of our chief residents, please contact us at email@example.com.
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